A challenging stage in memory of Michele
Filottrano, 11th March 2018 – Today’s stage was dedicated to Michele Scarponi, the Italian rider who died last year due to an car accident in his hometown Filottrano.
“Michele was a great friend of me and I would have liked to get in front of everyone to say hello to him – says Vincenzo Nibali – but I’m not 100% yet and my opponents are really strong”.
“It was a great emotion – still Vincenzo – to see so many people along the road and feel the affection they have for the peloton and in particular for Michele, a true champion in sport and in life”.
Today’s stage saw the long breakaway of five riders including our Kristijan Koren: “To tell the truth, I was not thinking to on the break but when I saw the first attack I close the gap. Other riders arrived and so I asked our “ammiraglia” what I have to do and they said “go-ahead”.
“It was very difficult to get to the finish line – he continues – and even when they were more than 6 minutes ahead of the group we were the same doubtful. In any case, we must always try, you never know! “.
Domenico Pozzovivo is now 11th in GC with a 52” gap from the new race leader the Polish Michal Kwiatkowski. The young British Adam Yates won the stage arriving solo in the main street in Filottrano.
The penultimate stage of the 2018 Tirreno-Adriatico will bring the bunch from Numana to Fano (153km). The route is initially wavy but uncomplicated, then it levels out. The final circuit in Fano (12.8km) is perfectly flat and it’s very likely a mass sprint.
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